Yesterday was the “Great Glebe Garage Sale” – a community garage sale in one of the nicer residential parts of downtown Ottawa. Having had success at previous Glebe sales (I scored a copy of Cyborg Commando for $3 two years ago), I loaded up with my backpack and hit the neighborhood at 7 am to see what I could find.
$20 later, I’m home with two Top Secret / S.I. boxes in my backpack. Two very heavy Top Secret / S.I. boxes. Heavy because they are full of books, far more than just the core game and the High Stakes expansion (basically the Monte Carlo & Vehicle expansion for the game).
Box 1 – the Top Secret / S.I. box
- Top Secret / S.I. core books (player & administrator books ; equipment & adventure booklets)
- Dungeons & Dragons Mentzer 1983 Basic Rules (player & DM books)
- Palladium’s “Compendium of Weapons, Armour & Castles”
- All the vehicle “cards” for the High Stakes boxed set (like the GDW 2nd edition of Twilight 2000, this game came with a pile of material printed on lightweight card – in this case, a bunch of stat sheets for cars, boats, planes and bikes and so on, over a half-inch thick of them)
- A folder with a hand-stenciled “TOP SECRET” logo containing seven Top Secret / S.I. characters and two Villains & Vigilantes characters.
- Blueprint style map from the TS/SI game
- Monaco Map from the High Stakes box
- Bunch of blank character folders
Box 2 – the Top Secret / S.I. High Stakes box
- Top Secret / S.I. – Guns, Gadgets & Getaway Vehicles supplement
- Top Secret / S.I. – High Stakes books (3 booklets – Monte Carlo, Grand Prix & Adventures)
- Top Secret / S.I. – Freelancers book (basically a near-future superspy supplement for TS/SI)
- Top Secret / S.I. – Administrator’s Screen
- 1 AD&D2e character (level 7 human fighter)
- 1 AD&D1e character (level 1 human cleric)
- 1 Plastic Cow
- 1 “limousine” graph paper booklet (roughly 5″ by 8″ booklet full of five-rule graph paper)
and then the pay dirt… I hadn’t dug through the boxes completely when I bought them, so I only noticed these when I got home.
- Top Secret Companion (expansion rules for the original Top Secret game, not /S.I.)
- Operation Sprechenhaltestelle (first adventure for the original Top Secret game)
- Top Secret Administrator’s Screen
and the piece de resistance…
- Top Secret RPG, Second Printing
I’m a Top Secret junkie. What pains me is that while I learned the game with the second printing, the copy I owned until now was the first printing which has inferior layout and still uses Wrestling Rating instead of subsuming it into the HTH rating. So I finally got (one of) my Holy Grail(s) – the second printing of the first edition Top Secret RPG. I am geeked right the heck out.
I went Garage sale-ing yesterday as well, but I’ve never seen anything RPG related at a garage sale… But I did get a SNES and a bunch of games for $10!
Oh. Wow. That’s a LOT of Top Secret (and more!)! Awesome!
Yeah, a whole pile of it. Walking for another 2 hours shopping for more deals with that load in my backpack (along with a 550 page hardcover “The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles” – 2002 edition) gave me a heck of a sore shoulder by the time I got home. I’ve been giddy ever since, and even brought the module with me to our old-school 3.5 D&D game this afternoon.
Bob the GM said:
Wow. Nice haul. I only wish there were larger garage sales around where I live to even have a remote chance of finding old school RPG books.
MJ Harnish said:
Wow….Cyborg Commando….I had that game many moons ago but had forgotten all about it until you just mentioned it.
That is an awesome find! Out does my Rules Cyclopedia for $1! 🙂
I recently for the follwo for $100 at a gaming store:
Grave of Heaven: Uresia (BESM D20)
Terran Empire (Star Hero)
The Flower of Battle (Riddle of Steel)
The Complete Monstrous Wizard’s Compendium (d20)
The Banewarrens (d20)
Galactic Underground (Battlelord’s of the 23rd Century)
Fields of Blood: The Book of War (d20)
The Lords of the Night: Liches (d20)
The Lords of the Night: Zombies (d20)
The World of Aden (West End Games)
Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers (d20)
Necropolis, by Gary Gygax (d20)
Strange Lands: Lost Tribes of the Scarred Lands (d20)
Wars Roleplaying Game (OGL)
Wooly Rupert said:
plastic cow? SWEET!
Have you tried the James Bond 007 RPG by Victory Games? It’s even better than Top Secret.